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'The Walking Dead' at New York Comic-Con: Michael Cudlitz signs on and other casting news

The Project: The Walking Dead

Panel: Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Steve Yuen, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Norman Reedus (armed with stuffed squirrels to throw to the audience), Gale Anne Hurd, and Dave Alpert

Footage screened: Producer Hurd introduced two never-before-seen clips from the fourth season — one at the start of the panel and one at the end. SPOILER ALERT! The first scene features Daryl (Reedus), Michonne (Gurira), and a new young male character armed but relaxing by an abandoned store in a former mall plaza. The newbie compliments Daryl, who is now part of the new council, and theorizes about Daryl’s former occupation prior to the Zombipocalypse. He guesses homicide cop, which amuses Michonne and Daryl — a rare moment of these two intense characters allowing themselves to laugh. The group is then met by Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), Tyreese (Coleman), and newcomer Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) as they enter a store to take out the few remaining Walkers inside. But little do they know, the roof of the store is infested with Walkers spreading out from a crashed military helicopter.

The second sneak peek also stars Daryl and Michonne, this time in a car accompanied by Bob and Tyreese. As Daryl asks Michonne to put in a CD, they hear a faint voice coming from the radio. Daryl attempts to adjust the frequency to get a clearer signal but while doing so, almost hits a Walker in the road. Swerving away, Daryl dodges a scattering of Walkers that then turn into a herd. Before the crew can get rid of the infestation, they are surrounded by Walkers. This is no herd of ordinary Walkers — it’s the edge of a Walker army; hundreds are heading in their direction. Daryl quickly puts the car in reverse but a wheel gets stuck in a pile of fallen Walkers. Blood spatters and bones crush as the wheel cuts through the Walkers.

Snap judgment: The overwhelming fear of the Walkers is back — and it is good. After a third season featuring more human-on-human conflicts than human-on-undead confrontations, this season is a welcome return to the zombie portion of the Zombie Apocalypse.

Big revelations: Michael Cudlitz is “motherf—ing Abraham!” The Southland actor stormed up to the audience mic disguised as an angry fan, demanding showrunner Gimple include Sgt. Abraham Ford on the series. He then revealed his identity, in fully bearded and muscle-toned character. The producers also confirmed the casting of Christian Serratos (Twilight) as Rosita Espinosa and announced actor/comedian Josh McDermitt as Eugene, who, according to Nicotero, is sure to be “fully mulleted.”

Lincoln also teased a big moment for Rick’s son Carl (Chandler Riggs). “Chandler is going to kick ass. Wait for episode 9. There’s a spoiler. I don’t care. I’ve just said it,” said Lincoln. He later added that he was “so disturbed” and “shell-shocked” after reading the script for an episode later this season. “I was trying to call everybody because I needed to speak to a human voice. We are going to get in so much trouble in this episode,” he said.

Latest Carol/Daryl and Richonne romance news: Moderator, Walking Dead super-fan, and Community co-star Yvette Nicole Brown shared that she is an unabashed Carol/Daryl shipper and is also excited by a possible Rick-Michonne romance. “You do know, Sarah Wayne Callies [who played Rick's wife Lori] will kick my ass if it happened in season four. Maybe after a couple more seasons,” said Lincoln. Reedus kept coy, quipping, “I’m practicing behind the scenes if you know what I’m talking about.”

Most incisive audience question: At first, one young male fan incurred boos from the panel after mentioning some fans’ dislike of Lori and Andrea. But he brought his question back around, asking about Carol’s development into a strong, female lead character. Gimble gave an insight into what we can expect from Carol. He said, “This season, we’ve seen her in the trailers teaching kids about knives. She had a daughter that died, and there’s a lot of kids in this prison now. She’s making sure that she herself is not a victim. She’s also making sure the kids aren’t victims.”

The fourth season of The Walking Dead premieres Sunday, Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

'Broadchurch': David Tennant to star in Fox remake

Fox has cast a very familiar face to headline its remake of Broadchurch.

EW has learned that David Tennant, who headlined the U.K. version on ITV that drew more than 10 million viewers for its season finale, will reprise his role as Detective Inspector Alec Hardy for American audiences. The Scottish actor best known to fanboys as the 10th Doctor on Doctor Who earned rave reviews for his portrayal of a sad (and physically ill) divorcee who investigates the death of a boy in a seaside town. READ FULL STORY

HBO greenlights 'Criminal Justice' miniseries, Robert De Niro in for James Gandolfini

After months of will-they-or-won’t-they speculation about HBO’s seven-part miniseries Criminal Justice, HBO has decided to move forward with the project. EW has confirmed that the mini-series, which was given the greenlight back in May when James Gandolfini was set to star, is moving forward once again, now with Robert De Niro in the lead role.

Based on the 2008 BBC series by Peter Moffat, Criminal Justice is set in New York City, where an attorney (De Niro) is a bit too ambitious in taking on the case of a Pakistani being accused of murder. Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Payman Maadi, and Poorna Jagannathan will also star.

Gandolfini remains an executive producer on the project posthumously, with Steven Zaillian set to direct the first hour.

Bryan Cranston set to return to 'How I Met Your Mother'

Breaking Bad might be sailing into the sunset on Sunday but fans of the show will get a chance to see Bryan Cranston on TV again very soon.

CBS announced today that the Breaking Bad star is set to reprise his role as Hammond Druthers, Ted’s former jerk boss/co-worker, who last appeared in the show’s second season. Cranston, who right now is booked for one episode (to air this fall), is the latest star to schedule a return to HIMYM as it moves along in its final season and he will probably not be the last.

In case you missed it, here’s our review of this week’s season premiere. 

Steven Pasquale to guest on 'White Collar' -- EXCLUSIVE

He had two personalities on his short-lived NBC drama Do No Harm, but we presume Steven Pasquale (Rescue Me) will be playing just one role when he pop us on White Collar this season. He’s set to appear in one of season 5′s final five episodes as Conrad Worth, a rogue stock broker who sees an opportunity to exploit the world of high-frequency trading on Wall Street, EW has learned. Most recently, Pasquale starred in a limited-run Off Broadway musical adaptation of Todd Haynes’ 2002 film Far From Heaven.

Season 5 of White Collar premieres Thursday, Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on USA.

Susan Sarandon to guest star on 'Mike & Molly'

The CBS comedy Mike & Molly has lassoed an Oscar winner for a guest-starring role.

EW has learned that Susan Sarandon will play JC Small, a literary icon and idol of Molly (Melissa McCarthy). JC is part JD Salinger with a touch William Faulkner and a sprinkle of Gore Vidal; a beautiful mind and a tortured soul. This novelist gives Molly a lesson in writing she, nor her family, are soon to forget.

Sarandon and McCarthy just worked together on Tammy, a raunchy movie set for release on July 2, 2014 about a woman who hits the road with her hard-drinking grandmother. It’s a Will Ferrell/ Adam McKay production that also stars Kate Bates, Allison Janney and Dan Aykroyd.

Mike & Molly returns midseason on CBS.

Vincent Martella of 'Phineas and Ferb' to appear on 'The Walking Dead'

Disney Channel animation fans may have recognized a familiar face — or voice, perhaps — when AMC debuted some new footage from season 4 of The Walking Dead last week. Standing there in the prison yard talking to Carl was none other than Vincent Martella, best known as the voice of Phineas Flynn on the hit series Phineas and Ferb. (Martella also played Chris’ best friend, Greg Wuliger, on Everybody Hates Chris.)

But who is Martella playing on the zombie drama? Could it be zombie Phineas?!? Nope. It turns out his character is named Patrick and is among the various survivors that have been brought into the prison to help build the new community. “He’s right around Carl’s age,” explains Martella. “He’s a little bit older. He’s one of the new people who Carl gets a little closer with. Carl hasn’t really had anybody his age, so now you kind of get to see Carl’s relationship with people his own age and that’s one of the things that Patrick is bringing to the show.” READ FULL STORY

'The Crazy Ones' nabs Brad Garrett for key role -- EXCLUSIVE

This casting is — pun intended — crazy good.

EW has learned exclusively that Emmy Award winner Brad Garrett is slated to appear alongside Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar in at least two episodes of their forthcoming CBS sitcom The Crazy Ones. On the show, Williams and Gellar play a father-daughter duo who work at a Chicago advertising agency, called Lewis, Roberts & Roberts. Garrett’s character will be the “Lewis” part of that equation.
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'Glee' star Grant Gustin cast as The Flash in CW's 'Arrow'

Grant Gustin, whom you might recognize as Glee‘s Sebastian, has officially been cast as Barry Allen (aka The Flash) in The CW’s hit show Arrow. Gustin will appear in episodes 208, 209, and 220.

Barry Allen is described as “a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past.  A comic book fan boy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante,” according to a press release.
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'HIMYM' scoop: William Zabka returns for final season

Talk about a comeback: William Zabka, the beloved “villain” from The Karate Kid who was featured last season on How I Met Your Mother, will return to the CBS comedy this fall.

Zabka will appear as himself in at least eight episodes this season. The creators hoped to keep it as a surprise but star Cobie Smulders posted a photo of her and him on Instagram today. (Sally McSpoiler!) READ FULL STORY

'Elementary': 'Once' musical star to guest as Joan's romantic interest -- EXCLUSIVE

A Broadway star has his eye on Joan Watson!

EW has learned exclusively that Steve Kazee, one of two leads in the original cast of the Tony Award-winning Once musical, is set to guest star on CBS’ Elementary, playing a man who Joan (Lucy Liu) meets while making her first foray into online dating. The hitch in this plan for love? According to scoop, Sherlock’s (Jonny Lee Miller) views on relationships — particularly internet-matchmaking — may mar the courtship before it even has the chance to get off the ground.

Prior to his appearance in the Broadway smash, Kazee, whose Once co-star Cristin Milioti is now How I Met Your Mother’s Mother, appeared on the TV series Working Class and had bit parts on CSI and NCIS.

The episode, called “We Are Everyone,” is scheduled to air in October, and Elementary returns Sept. 26.

'Scandal' books 'Private Practice' alum Paul Adelstein

Paul Adelstein is coming back to Shondaland!

EW has confirmed that the former Private Practice star has booked a recurring role on the third season of Shonda Rhimes’ hit drama Scandal, playing an as-of-now secret role. His episode is set to air in late October.

News of his casting, first reported by TVLine, comes on the heels of Lisa Kudrow’s recently announced role on the upcoming season. The former Friends star will reportedly play a politician.

Adelstein played pediatrician Cooper Freedman on Rhimes’ Grey’s Anatomy spin-off for six seasons until its conclusion in January and is also known for his role as Paul Kellerman on Fox’s Prison Break.

Scandal returns Oct. 3.

Candice Bergen, Charles Grodin cast as 'Michael J. Fox' parents

If you weren’t already interested enough in Michael J. Fox’s return to television, this might help: Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin have been cast to play his parents on NBC’s upcoming The Michael J. Fox Show, EW has confirmed.

Bergen, of course, is famous for her turns in Murphy Brown and, more recently, Boston Legal and House; Grodin starred as the father in the Beethoven movies and guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU last year. The pair will join Fox on the show in a guest/recurring-role capacity.

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